How Did Draco(the Constellation) Gets Its Name?


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DRACO (Latin for 'dragon') is one of the oldest and best known constellations as it never sets in most northern latitudes. Although it was known to the ancient Egyptians, it was the Greeks who named it Draco, after the dragon which guarded the golden apples of the Hesperides, which Heracles / Hercules was to steal as the 11th of his 12 Labours.

The dragon was then supposed to have been placed in the sky by HERA, the wife of Zeus.

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